These 50 hot resume writing tips can give your resumes a needed facelift if you have a resume that is not working for you.
Use these hot 50 resume writing tips to help proofread a resume...regardless of who does the resume writing.
- Proofread resumes for grammar, spelling and factual errors - Use consistent font size. Watch bullet sizes - Limit or avoid graphics when writing a resume - Use upper case letters sparingly and only when appropriate - Fancy, expensive resume writing paper is not always a priority - Using bullets will make resumes easier to read - Do not use “responsibilities”, “responsibilities include” and “duties include” - Volunteer work and community service enhances a resume - Adjust margins if the resume is slightly too long - Avoid personal pronouns like “I”, “my” and “me” except in the objective statement - Do not list complete addresses of past employers - Do not include names of references on the resume. Add a separate reference document. - Keep in mind that the top 30-40% of the resume gets the most attention - Use an ASCII font - Use page numbers if the resume is more than one page - Add name and contact to all pages if more than one page - Try a resume blaster service - Printing out an online profile is not the same as having a resume - Use tables to align columns and remove lines - Use a professional email address on your resume - Hyperlink your email address - Do not place information above your name - Set resume margins no smaller than .5 - New grads and career changers should put education close to top of resume - With years of experience, move education to the bottom of the resume - A resume has about 30 seconds to make an impression on the recruiter - Make it easy to read - Change the resume objective statement as needed - Write a strong "Summary of Qualifications" - Use industry “buzz words” or keywords on a resume - Resumes must identify specific successful outcomes - Use $, % and # to demonstrate achievements - One specific phrase to try and avoid – Entry Level - Do not use one word resume objectives eg "Sales" - Research advantages of the Chronological Resume vs Functional resume - Be consistent with date formats on the resume eg 09/09, Sep 09, Sep 2009 - Consider the Combination resume - Get others to proof read your resume – be open to criticism - It is not necessary to include every job you have ever had - Keep all resume content relevant - Not all online resume writing services are equally capable - Always keep a resume writing guide on your desk for quick reference - Resumes, reference sheets, cover letters and thank-you letters can have the same letter head format - Try to bring quality resume paper for interviews - Do not include social security numbers; federal resumes may require it - Use Action Verbs on the resume to describe accomplishments - Use short paragraphs. 3-5 sentences maximum - White space on a resume is not a bad thing - Make sure resume contact information is current. The recruiter must be able to contact you. - Consider working with a professional resume writer for a free resume critique